Right when you think it's just one smooth sailing ship, someone goes overboard.
Ian Happ got sent back to Iowa yesterday. When Mr. Maddon told Mr. Happ, Mr. Happ was not happy.
And it's all about Happ getting consistent at bats down there where he wouldn't have gotten them up here, about ending last season and going thru this spring with a dead bat.
It's not really written in stone yet, but if you go to the Cubs site, Happ's already gone and Zagunis is the 4th outfielder.
Because I actually look at that roster on the Cubs site periodically and always have, I can tell you that normally the way the website works is... you'll hear about a roster change during Spring Training, and it'll take a couple days for it to actually change on the site.
In fact, there's usually someone on the roster with their old team's hat on.
So either they're getting better with the site, or this decision has been in the works for awhile and the person(s) updating the site had a heads up.
Anyway, totally did not expect this.
He's been enough of a Cubs presence to think of as someone who could get a pass for a crappy Spring.
But... 7 hits in 52 at bats, a .135 Average... plus Zagunis has been his usual contact self (.333) AND he's also cracked 4 dingers this Spring.
And if you're on the bench and have the hot hand, you're gonna play for Joe Maddon.
So really, I guess it's no surprise.
We all know that the Cubs GOTTA start off well.
And I really like this Happ kid, so hopefully this is nothing more than a re-centering of himself and he figures it out.